Election 2020

Joe Biden's Search for Bipartisanship Means More Bloated Budgets

Get ready for President-elect Biden to join forces with big spending Republicans.

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As he claimed victory in the race for the White House, Joe Biden declared that now is "a time to heal." Like Republican Jack Kemp before his vice presidential debate with Al Gore in 1996, Biden added: "Stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They're Americans."

What's not love about this message? After four brutal years of hideous rhetoric coming from an angry and sometimes unhinged electorate around the country, in response to a president who simply couldn't pretend to be presidential and resist hurling insults from Twitter, we can all use a return to normal. Biden's message signals a willingness to really work with the other side to govern rather than to reign unilaterally.

Now, to be fair, President-elect Biden might have no choice but to work with Republicans since the government will be divided if the Republicans do indeed, as now projected, keep the U.S. Senate. Fortunately, the resulting checks and balances will guard against the imposition of a radical left-wing agenda featuring the Green New Deal, a $4 trillion tax hike, $11 trillion in new spending, and court packing. Democrats who hoped the election would serve as an all-around indictment not only of President Donald Trump but also of Republicans in general didn't get their wish.

The result is that for any of Biden's agenda to see the light of day, he will have to convince at least some Republicans to go along with his plan. And so begins the often-elusive search for bipartisanship.

Understandably, people tend to love bipartisanship. Some notable bipartisan policies include the 1990s' welfare reform and balanced budgets but also the 2011 Budget Control Act and the 2013 fiscal-cliff deal. However, based on my observations, bipartisanship for the most part still means a lot of big spending items and very intrusive government.

For instance, while the media will focus on the few very partisan left-wing bills that are sure to be stopped by a Republican Senate, the reality is that there will be plenty of subsidies, continuing cronyism, and a bevy of new regulations that meddle in our lives.

For starters, Senate Republicans today are likely to go along with a big COVID-19 relief bill that will include very problematic items such as bailouts for airlines and state governments as well as large unemployment benefit bonuses. I am willing to bet that the size of this bill will be closer to what Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi demanded before the elections than what Senate Republicans originally wanted.

Now, in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's defense, he could argue that a large COVID-19 bill is necessary to secure the two Georgia Senate seats that Republicans need to save their majority. (Bad policies get Republicans elected; got it.) But if history is our guide, regular government will be much of the same. For evidence, just look back at America's recent past experiences with divided government.

Between the enormous budget deals designed by former Republican Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray under President Barack Obama and the bailout of automakers in 2008 under President George W. Bush, Republicans in Congress (or in the White House) have always worked with Democrats to expand the role of government.

The Manhattan Institute's Brian Riedl wrote 3,000 words for National Review to explain how "Republican lawmakers have never been the partisan anti-government zealots that many Democrats claim"—and that some, frankly, fervently wish they were. As he writes, "(Republicans under Bush) also teamed up with Ted Kennedy to aggressively expand Washington's role in education under No Child Left Behind, created a Medicare drug entitlement, built the Department of Homeland Security, and spent heavily on farm subsidies, global AIDS and poverty relief, and domestic programs." In fact, if people care to look closely, they would see that beneath the tip of what looks like "gridlock" is a massive iceberg of irresponsible spending and social engineering supported with equal fervor by both political parties.

So, yes, for now, I will give one big cheer to the stake that Senate Republicans will drive through the heart of the most extreme leftist policies over the next two years. Yet I am sadly certain that as this collaboration continues to evolve, there may be little left to cheer about.

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  1. Poor unreason. Trump just won AK, NC, AZ, and GA today.

    Trump vs biden victory for Trump is gonna be so sad for unreason hack writers.

    1. Where did you see this? When I searched for AZ, all the articles were from last week.

        1. Sarcasmic is funny saying that facts are made up but MSM and unreason calling this election for anyone is TRUTH.

          Unreason wont even cover that GOP won two more senate seats after democrats conceded in AK and NC.

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    4. WTF are you talking about…… quit huffing. Trump is behind in Ga and Az.

      Step away from the Qanon sites and come back to earth.

    5. Sorry, the NYT called Arizona for Biden, and still hasn’t called a winner in NC or GA. Apparently it’s okay to be cautious with your call if Trump is leading or likely to lead.

      But 1 out of 4 ain’t bad.

      1. NYT suddenly became NOT liars like they were Nov 2?

        The MSM are calling states for Biden to head off actual legal cote counts for Trump.

        Its why they have the MSM Hasnt called AK and NC for Trump eventhough his percentage of lead has stayed consistent. They want to control the Narrative by showing Trump below 270 and Biden above 270.

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  2. Get ready for President-elect Biden to join forces with big spending Republicans.

    Let’s play a game. We pimp slap a journalist every time they say “President-elect Biden”. Sounds like fun, no?

    1. The media gets bitch slapped already when they called Gore president elect and hillary president elect.

      1. And Stacy Abrams is still running around claiming to be the Governor of Georgia.

    2. I don’t think the Ukrainians have given Biden so much cash that he can help Congress spend even more. He’ll probably have to wait until he’s inaugurated.

  3. You’re worried about budgets. That’s so cute.

    1. No, he’s worried about tweets.

  4. Yeah well we wouldn’t have to worry about this if Reason and libertarians hadn’t been supporting Biden.

    1. Fuck you.

      1. Read his handle.

        1. I don’t think he cares if it’s really me or not, as long as he can get his two minutes of hate on.

    2. Show me one budget that Trump cut. I’ll even make it easy for you, show me one budget that he cut during the two years when his party had control of both houses of Congress.

      I don’t mean a temporary tax cut, I mean actual spending.

      1. ive been assured by the true libertarians here that a veto proof majority means the prez isn’t responsible for bills he signs

        looking forward to 4 years of them continuing to silently twiddle their thumbs as prez Dementia continues Trumps policy of massively expanding the debt/deficit by proudly signing every spending and stimulus bill that comes to his desk. unless they suddenly find their principles

  5. It’s going to get ugly. Gird up.

    1. My loins are girded.

  6. we can all use a return to normal

    Speak for yourself. I’ve seen normal for 40 fucking years, I’m done with normal.

    1. Yes, it is normal for bipartisanshit to mean that both parties will agree with the other’s request for YUUUGE spending increases (jack it up 75%, then back off to a “mere” 65% increase, and brag about your “spending cuts”) in various departmental sub-budgets.

      Now that Biden is soon taking over, we will soon see a YUUUGE increase in the “Department of Making the Conservatives Cry” budget, and that is sad!

      The GOOD news is, the “Department of Making the Liberals Cry” budget will NOT grow quite as much!

  7. President-elect Biden
    The journalistic equivalent of premature ejaculation. But you can’t blame the poor dears, they’re so excited.

    Anyway, bipartisanship with the neocon warmongers and GOPe fluffers like Mccain and Mittens, isn’t really bipartisanship for old Joe.

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  9. What’s freak-en sad is too many RINO’S will actually go along with the conquer the nation and turn it into socialist plan.

    Trump’s biggest strength during his first 3-years was that he didn’t entertain this B.S. treasonous communist plan.

    1. The RINO’s were only ever in it to plump for corporate welfare and warmonger, but now that the DNC handles those duties so well, why not join the march?

      1. ^assumed facts not in evidence. Need I bring up Obama’s bank bail-out and Obamacares medical insurance subsidies.

    2. Trump’s biggest strength during his first 3-years was that he didn’t entertain this B.S. treasonous communist plan.

      Then came year 4. He was so happy to redistribute wealth that he wanted to make sure his signature was on the COVID relief checks. But I’m sure that was Congress’ fault.

      1. Yes, I think Trump lost a lot of strong support when he didn’t veto that 87% Democratic Pitched bill. I know it dampened my view.

  10. Joe Biden appeared to clinch a victory on Saturday morning to become 46th president of the United States, closing out an election cycle that was dominated in the final months by debates around COVID-19, the economy, and police reform………..VISIT HERE FOR FULL DETAIL.

  11. Makes no difference. In 10 years the entitlement shortfall will be 1 trillion per year and liberals would tell you it can be covered by taxing millionaires and billionaires. All those zeros on the end have them confused. Besides they want to tax those millionaires and billionaires for “free” day care, college etc.

    1. and we all should already know by our failing economy what that will result in; the productive either running out of town or going bankrupt. Enter another 20-year Great Depression.

  12. While I initially thought that a Republican Senate would have value to control spending I am starting to question. Few Republicans are willing to move on a transition to the Biden Administration. Instead for the sake of Trump ego they are allowing the country to drift aimlessly. This is may well result in problems that may well end up costing more. Contrary to many comments Covid19 did not disappear after November 3. It is roaring through the country. Republicans are doing little to address the problem and are blocking the new administration from making plans.

    Should we really hand the Senate over to a party that places greater concerns on the ego of one old man over our country. It is time for the Republican party to go into exile until they can get their heads together to do their job.

    Will this cost more, well as the article suggests, it is not likely to cost less.

    1. If you want the federal government to mandate masks and shut down the country over a virus, you’re not a moderate you lefty pos.

      1. My local home building store is owned by one of the most conservative Republicans in Wisconsin. That store put a mask mandate on well before any government call for the mandate, why because they understood it was good for business. So you suggestion that fighting the pandemic is left wing idea is fertilizer.

        1. There’s a big difference between voluntary and mandatory. Conservatives aren’t anti-mask, they’re anti-mandate.

          1. Exactly. All we want is for the “leaders” to put the guns away.

            That’s all.

          2. We would not need a mandate if people did not politicize masks. Government and private health professional recommend masks and people follow that recommendation to the best of their ability. Instead what we have is that wearing a mask is a failure to show loyalty to Donald Trump or some infringement on a basic right. How many comments do we see on this site that suggest that wearing a mask make you look “weak”, well the reality is that wearing a mask make you look “smart”, show that you think about more than yourself.
            So instead of saying “no to a mask mandate” how about saying “we don’t need a mask mandate because we are smart enough to use them without a mandate”.

    2. are allowing the country to drift aimlessly.

      If only that were true.

      1. Hey, to that lefty POS M4e, if the gov’t isn’t telling you when to go to bed and when to get up, you’re ‘drifting aimlessly’.

    3. What exactly would congress be doing for a transition to a Biden administration? Congress doesn’t *do anything* about that. (Transition is all about executive agency hand-over and continuity. Biden won’t even have the same Congress when he’s inaugurated. Separate branches are separate!)

      1. Republican leadership can stand up to Trump and tell him is it is time put our country first. But of course then he will be mad and them and send out nasty tweets. Your right better for them to cower in their offices.

        1. “Republican leadership can stand up to Trump and tell him is it is time put our country first.”

          Ya know, lefty shits with TDS make lame statements like this, but when you ask for specifics, you find they are:
          Full.
          Of.
          Shit.

      2. Congress should be on recess for the holidays. And never come back.

  13. “Big Spending Republicans” are all that is left in the Age of Trumpism and sadly many here in the Peanut Gallery love Big Government as long as Team Red does it.

    1. Team Red cuts taxes when they spend big. That makes them more fiscally responsible than the other team that actually tries to pay for their spending by raising taxes.

      1. Dude, c’mon, are you really falling for that BS? While I agree that Republicans are huge spenders like Democrats, Democrats don’t raise taxes to pay for spending, but to control the economy and everyone in it. If anything, to Democrats, raising more revenue just means getting to spend even more.

  14. Yes, bipartisanship is a plague. I’m hoping for 4 years of gridlock.

    I’d almost wish for a government shutdown or two, but most government spending doesn’t actually depend on government *operating* (which is beyond dumb, if only the government being shutdown meant no federal expenditures except debt payments), so shutdowns don’t really accomplish anything except prove how dysfunctional we are.

    1. You call it a shut down. Government workers (I should say “employees” because workers work) call it a paid vacation.

    2. Speaking of, where did John go? I figure he’s either in mourning or had a stroke.

  15. one would hope that republicans would fall back on their abandoned claims of fiscal responsibility……. sadly, it does seem nobody in Washington has any willingness to do anything about the debt problem. still, better than the budget explosions we always get with single party control.

  16. I don’t seem to remember this much consternation when the Rs passed the TCJA and added 10% (2 TRILLION) to the debt and doubled the deficit.

    Oh that’s right- this is a Koch funded rag and they made out like bandits. Oh well then, carry on.

    1. that is what happens when everyone is doomscrolling and focusing only on what makes hem angry……. there were plenty of people who thought what the GOP did was terrible. (we still do.) heck, the whole point of the article is that the GOP is going to help the dems spend more money…… trying to pretend this is taking sides is binary thinking that is blind to reality.

  17. HyR bloggers and even commenters have been saying for years that divided government leads to less spending, but they’re looking at a fairly small data set, just Congresses and administrations. You have a lot more data in the states, where I think you’ll find that the more chambers of a state you have in Republican hands over the past 40 years, the lower the spending. Before 1980 the record’s much less clear, but that’s how things have shaken out lately.

  18. What’s not love about this message? After four brutal years of hideous rhetoric coming from an angry and sometimes unhinged electorate around the country,

    Four years?

    Joe Biden: uniting Americans who believe Republicans want to return blacks to slavery since 2012.

    Luckily this rhetoric is neither angry nor unhinged, it is unremarkable and moderate among the center-left and Democrats.

  19. “Normal” does not include libertarians anywhere in the equation. So, enjoy normal.

  20. > Joe Biden’s Search for Bipartisanship Means More Bloated Budgets

    Of course! There’s nothing Republicans love more than to cut 2% of a bazilliion dollars in new spending, and then strut around telling taxpayers how much money was saved! Go Team Red!

    Yes, you ingrates, Team Blue is worse. That does not mean Team Red doesn’t love mo money mo money mo money. We need a Team Purple that will actually try to cut the spending. They might not succeed, but at least they would try!

    1. team gold…. otherwise, correct.

  21. “Get ready for President-elect Biden to join forces with big spending Republicans.”

    So why did all the Biden supporters at Reason wait until after the election to inform readers that Biden opposes libertarian principles?

    Trump is the most libertarian president of our lifetime, and is far more libertarian than Biden or Harris.

    1. nobody supported biden or thought he supported libertarian principles……. we just don’t swallow the BS you guys keep peddling trying to support trump and pretend he supports libertarian principles. trump is going away….. you can pull your head out of his ass now.

      1. >>nobody supported biden

        lol

      2. “…you can pull your head out of his ass now.”

        I see your is up there keeping your TDS company.

  22. “a time to heal.”

    That’s what he says.
    A look at what he is doing, especially in the conversations around potential cabinet picks says “full on socialism”.
    He has yet to condemn the continuing violence in the streets, or the open calls for extra-judicial supression of political dissent. He has yet to speak out against social media bigotry.
    Vote for a socialist, you get a socialism.

  23. Get ready for the shakedown. You’re not paying your fair share comrades.

    From fake lawyer Kirkland’s commie school of thought, you’ll be taught to heel or get whupped.

  24. >>For starters, Senate Republicans today are likely to go along with

    everything (D) wants. their history under (D) presidents says so. your buddies here @Reason all wanted it Veronique.

  25. Reason reveals itself as Leftist propaganda. There is NOTHING Libertarian about this website any longer.

  26. Biden’s has an ice cube’s chance in hell on a hot summer day while roasting marshmallows of finding bipartisanship in Congress, from either the GOP or his own party. Still he will manage to have bloated budgets.

  27. Okay, Joe, we’ll go along with a limited and reasonable amount of federal assistance to Blue state budgets suffering under the unavoidable COVID-19 revenue shortfalls, but only if you’ll agree to rebuild America’s military preparedness and include some funding to repair critical and crumbling infrastructure….

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